Mining is one of the fastest growing sectors in Saskatchewan. In the next 10 years, estimates predict over 15,000 new workers will be needed in the industry—including mining engineering technologists.
Mining engineering technologists work in hard and soft rock mining operations here in Saskatchewan, across Canada and around the world. It’s a well-paying career that can involve surveying, ventilation, ground control, mine planning or supervision. You need to be a team player, good at problem solving, comfortable working with new technology and committed to workplace safety.
Mining Engineering Technology is a two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus. In the classroom and in the lab, you’ll learn to apply scientific principles to basic mining engineering situations.
You’ll develop knowledge and skills in:
- basic geology, geophysics, electricity and instrumentation
- computer applications in mining
- fluid mechanics
- ground control
- mine hydrology and environmental concerns
- mine ventilation
- ore processing and transportation
- project management
- soil, concrete and shotcrete testing
- surveying and drafting
Hands-on learning involves everything from computer simulations, to geology and surveying labs, to mechanical and materials testing labs. Second year projects will help you build skills in mine design, blasting and ventilation. You’ll also carry out an applied research project. This emphasis on learning by doing ensures you’re ready to work from day one after graduation.
Diploma to Degree
Use your diploma to ladder into a mining engineering technology degree at Cape Breton University, Queen’s University, Memorial University or the University of Saskatchewan.